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La Barra ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.2

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La Barra Swell Statistics, June: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Barra that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical June. It is based on 2786 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was NW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the N. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 1.2% of the time, equivalent to 0 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal June. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that La Barra is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at La Barra about 1.2% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 29% of the time. This is means that we expect 9 days with waves in a typical June, of which 0 days should be surfable.

IMPORTANT: Beta version feature! Swell heights are open water values from NWW3. There is no attempt to model near-shore effects. Coastal wave heights will generally be less, especially if the break does not have unobstructed exposure to the open ocean.